When animal control officers found Fig in the streets of Paterson, New Jersey, in late April, the poor pit bull was already in rough shape. He was covered in urine and feces, shaking from hunger, and struggling to stand because of his skinny physique.
Knowing he needed immediate help, the officers reached out to Oakland-based animal shelter Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge Inc. (RBARI) and animal rescue group Jersey Pits Rescue. Both organizations offered their assistance and sent out representatives to help the pup.
After rescuing Fig from the streets, the organizations brought him to Fairfield Animal Emergency and Referral Associates to get the medical care that he needed. Unfortunately, the pit bull faced lots of health issues and continued vomiting meat, brown discharges, and feces.
The vet staff believed the pup ate just about anything he could find due to starvation. So as soon as he was admitted to the facility, Fig was treated with antibiotics and IV fluids, and the vets kept an eye out for any obstruction that might need immediate surgery.
Fortunately, the brave pit bull managed to pull through. In just a few of days at the hospital, he transformed into a sweet and loving pup that loved cuddling with his care team. Before long, he was released from the healthcare facility and sent to live with a foster family.
There, Fig started recovering until he reached over 40 pounds, 15 pounds bigger than his initial weight. When he was healthy enough, his foster family noticed how active he became as he started roughhousing with his foster fur siblings. He also began his house training and basically loved getting all the attention to himself.
RBARI says the pup is now available for adoption through their Jersey Pits Rescue. Hopefully, he finds his forever home soon. Look at Fig’s remarkable transformation here.
Courtesy of Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge